The Boston Celtics got the top seed they wanted in the Eastern Conference playoffs and now they’ll kick off their postseason run by trying to avoid an upset at the hands of an eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls team that is playing its best basketball of the season at just the right time. Now, let’s find out if the Celtics can get the win in Game 1 while covering the spread as decisive home favorites and take a step closer to a 2017 NBA Title shot.
No. 8 Chicago Bulls Vs No. 1 Boston Celtics NBA Playoff Game 1 Line & Betting Tips
The Celtics are concrete 8-point home favorites to beat the Bulls in Game 1 when it gets underway on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 6:30 PM ET, live from TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts while airing live on TNT.
When: 6:30 PM ET, Sunday, April 16, 2017
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Spread: Boston -8
Why Bet The Chicago Bulls Odds at +8
The best reason to bet on the Bulls is that they’re playing excellent basketball right now, having won three of their final four regular season games and seven of 10 overall while beating playoff participants Cleveland, Atlanta, and Milwaukee along the way. Another great reason to back Chicago is their sixth-ranked defense (102.4 ppg) and wealth of experienced veterans like scoring leader Jimmy Butler, future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade and championship-winning point guard Rajon Rondo.
Why Bet The Boston Celtics Odds at -8
There are also several great reasons to back Boston in Game 1 starting with the fact that the Celtics went 30-11 at TD Garden during the regular season. Then there’s the fact that the C’s have an MVP-caliber superstar in unstoppable point guard Isaiah Thomas (28.9 ppg, 5.9 apg), not to mention, four other double-digit scorers in Avery Bradley, Al Horford, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart. Another good reason to back the Celtics in this affair is because they won both of their home games against the Bulls this season including once by 20 points.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The Chicago Bulls may be 0-4 ATS in their last four road games against the Celtics, but I like them to snap that ATS skid by covering the spread in a narrow loss.
The Bulls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record, a scorching 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
Conversely, the Celtics are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an SU win and uninspiring 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Celtics win, but the Bulls cover in a thriller!
My final score prediction is Boston 103 Chicago 100